Hampshire County Council to offer free weight loss sessions with Weight Watchers

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A COUNCIL is looking to tackle obesity levels by offering free sessions with weight loss programme Weight Watchers.

The £2m scheme by Hampshire County Council comes after Weight Watchers won the contract earlier this year.

Overweight adults will be given 12 free sessions that would normally cost £75 and they can either be referred by their GP or self-refer.

It is hoped that by taking up this new service, people will lose at least five per cent of their initial body weight.

Councillor Patricia Stallard, executive member for health and public health at the council, said: ‘Almost seven in 10 of Hampshire’s adults are overweight or obese.

‘The cost to the NHS in Hampshire of managing diseases related to excess weight and obesity is estimated at almost £340m per year.

‘Therefore, I am delighted this new service provided by Weight Watchers is being launched in line with our Healthy Weights Strategy.’

To be referred, a person must be aged 18 or over, identified as obese and be a resident in the county.